Femme Future: Wrestling Wresidency
Dates: Mar 27 – Apr 6, 2017
Mar 27 – 31 | Open studio hours while artists build and install
Apr 1, 2, 5, 6 | 11am-6pm | Public programming
Friday, March 31 | 7-10pm | Opening Party, Ada Dahli, drag and burlesque performances, wrestlers, art market
Tuesday, April 4 7-10 PM: Wrestler Life Drawing
Led by Hannah Simpkin
Wrestlers will be posing in the ring. Please bring you own supplies, entry by donation.
Wednesday, April 5 12-5:30: Invocation of My Teenage Self: An Auto-Exorcism/Workshop
A durational performance and writing workshop by Lauren Fournier aka MANIC PIXIE DOOM GIRL and MLA Chernoff aka Mumblin’ Michael who always wanted to be a Tenenbaum. Drop in at your leisure.
Thursday April 6 | 7-10pm |Emma McKenna (PhD candidate, SSHRC Fellow, McMaster University) public lecture “Feeling the Heat: Reading the Pornography Debate in 1980s Canadian Feminism”
Femme Future turns the Art Hut into a multi-media imagining of a feminist wrestling utopia. A circular, hand-built ring in the centre of the room acts as a wrestling platform and stage, where performers throughout the city will be invited to make use of the space. The installation also features video from a yearlong documentation process by League member, Amy Siegel. As with LOLW performances, we want audiences to leave this transient creative space wondering why real life isn’t more fun, isn’t more political, isn’t more radical; and imagine a potential future where this wondering might cease to be necessary.
The League of Lady Wrestlers (LOLW) is a collective of performers who use the spectacle of professional wrestling to celebrate feminine identities, suspend disbelief, and hold on to optimism about the possibilities of community and empowerment.